This is a guest post by Namanyay Goel who is a freelance web and graphic designer, and blogs at Mos Le Tech about Technology, SEO, blogging, and Design. If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.
It is often told to use images in your blog post. If wondering why:
- They break the flow of text, so text is easier to read.
- They work as featured image in thumbnails.
- They work as a thumbnail for facebook.
Many bloggers are not able to follow this practice, as obtaining images is a tough thing. You have two options for getting images, either paying for them, or finding out free images licensed under CC for Commercial use. This article will detail upon the latter.
No, I am not talking about the simple Google Images, where you search and use the first relevant picture (which most bloggers do). That is a very unethical practice, which may cause legal issues with your blog. What you have to do is filter Google Images for Free to use and Share images.
How to use
- Navigate to the Advanced Image Search
- Enter your keywords at the top.
- Scroll down to the “Usage Rights”.
- If the image is going to be used non commercially, choose “Free to use and share” or “Free to use, share and modify” depending on your needs.
- “Free to use and share, even commercially” and “Free to use, share and modify, even commercially” should be used for commercial blogs (ie, having advertisements in the blog).
- Easy to use.
- Large Selection of Images.
- Lots of criteria to refine search (Example, color, size, etc)
- Low quality images.
- Bad Images.
- Not a wide variety.
2. Stock Xchng
You’ll get many stock photos at Stock Xchng, even images which do not require attribution! (you’ll have to check the license though)
You just have to register for an ID, and then you can start browsing images!
- Images are well categorized.
- High quality images.
- Wide variety of images.
- Images have a feel of premium images.
- Have to register to start browsing images.
- Size is too large for web use, have to compress, and reduce size manually.
- Too much advertisements.
From creative commons search, you get a variety of options, whether to search from Google Images, Flickr, or Open Clip Art Library.
How to use.
- Choose the service from which you want your image (Clip art library, flickr, Google Images)
- Be sure to check “Use for commercial purposes” and “modify, adapt or build upon”
- Enter search query, and start searching!
- Large choice, can choose from flickr, cliparts, or Google Images.
- Easy to use.
- Images fit for use on blog.
- Not sorted in any methods, except by basis of service.
- Often have to navigate a number of pages to get the image you like.
How to actually give credit to images?
Giving credit to images is required. Fortunately, it is very easy to do.
Take the URL of the page from where you were presented the image. It could be a blog post, or a specialized page for that specific image. Underneath the image, or at the end of the blog post, include a link saying “Image Credit” or similar. According to the license, you may need to put specific text, so be sure to read the license once. You may be required to add specific ALT or TITLE attributes to the image.
- Searching for the correct keywords is very important. You cannot expect to find good images, without a correct choice of the keyword. Always try a few variants of the word, or a few synonyms of it.
Example – I first went to google images to search for a camera, which didn’t get any decent results. Then, I went to CC Search, where I looked for blank photo, empty photo frame, for no decent results. Then, I had the idea to look for a camera clipart, resulting in a decent image for this post.
- Be sure to look into each search, from Google, Flickr, And CC. search.
- Read the license once, to know what kind of attribution is required.
- Remember that you can take a screenshot, instead of looking for an image. In many cases, a screenshot from your computer can be substituted for an image which you cannot find.